Poll Reviews: MVP at ‘Cocks, NFL-ready Gators

By Adam Silverstein
November 17, 2009

This week, OGGOA asked you to participate in three polls, the first two which determined who you believed were the most NFL-ready Florida Gators and the third to choose the Most Valuable Player in the Gators game last weekend against the South Carolina Gamecocks. A total of 464 combined votes were registered and the results are in:

DT Justin Trattou (51%, 82 votes)

CB Joe Haden (38%, 60 votes)

DE Jermaine Cunningham (6%, 10 votes)

WR Riley Cooper (5%, 8 votes)

This was Trattou’s first time nominated for an OGGOA MVP award, and he obviously came away with the title due to his 53-yard interception return on Saturday. For possibly the first time since OGGOA has started these MVP polls, I happen to disagree with your decision. Haden easily had the most impressive game coming away with an interception of his own, two forced fumbles, a sack, a pass deflection and 11 total tackles (10 solo). If that is not an MVP performance, I do not know what is.

Which Florida Gators offensive player has the greatest potential for NFL success?
TE Aaron Hernandez (58%, 87 votes)
OL Pouncey Bros. (20%, 30 votes)
QB Tim Tebow (14%, 22 votes)
RB Emmanuel Moody (8%, 12 votes)

Which Florida Gators defensive player has the greatest potential for NFL success?
LB Brandon Spikes (43%, 65 votes)
DE Carlos Dunlap (32%, 49 votes)
CB Joe Haden (22%, 34 votes)
DE Jermaine Cunningham (3%, 5 votes)

Reviewing your prior two polls, I was pleasantly surprised to see fair judgment of Tebow’s NFL prospects. As someone who, just last season, staunchly defended his ability to play quarterback on the next level, I am starting to come around to the more conventional wisdom of experts like ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. who think Tebow will indeed play in the league, but not as a full-time signal caller. Looking at your choice on defense, the fact that Spikes, Dunlap and Haden are all within 10% of each other proves that this defensive unit really is stacked. All three will be first round picks in 2010 as long as Haden comes to the expected conclusion that declaring is the right thing to do for him. The only thing that may come into play would be a desire to play with his brother Jordan, a four-star 2010 cornerback commitment.

One Comment

  1. Mr2Bits says:

    I agree, Joe Haden was definitely the MVP but most people are only going to recognize the biggest play of the game instead of the player who contributed to the whole body of work, thats just life and people for you.

    I for one would really like Tebow to succeed at the next level. I fought tooth and nail with the haters going into the season but I have soon come to the point where Tebow has digressed in his game this year. His mechanics have deteriorated(ball down at his hips before he throws), his release has slowed as he has to do some sort of shot putters run and throw before releasing the ball and his ability to see the field and follow his check downs is almost non-existent. Its almost as if Cooper/Hernandez are covered, he is going to tuck and run to which he seems allot slower this year.

    Now I don’t know if his issues are because of his concussion or the play calling or the o-line or all of the above but it’s clearly evident that he didn’t take that step forward that he needed to do to silence the doubters. I still hold out hope for him in the NFL but by better judgement tells me otherwise.

    None-the-less, he still goes down as top 5 if not the best college football players in history and I’m damn glad he was a Gator when doing it.

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